Paragraph Planet is a micro-fiction website that has been publishing a new 75-word story (including any title) every single day since November 2008. Yes, exactly 75-words, no more, no less.
Yesterday I had my third published by them, so to mark that, I thought I’d reproduce them all here. Hope you enjoy them.
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A watched kettle never boils? That’s far from the truth. I’m watching, it’s boiling. I always wait until the switch clicks off before I scoop the heaped teaspoon of coffee (and two of sugar) into the mug. I follow it with milk, poured slowly. And then the already cooling water, slower still. And always before I’ve stirred, my supervisor’s eyes are calling me back to my workstation and the next round of calls.
Published 19 June 2015
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Five-thirty a.m. I knew that without opening my eyes. The warmth of summer’s first light fell across my face through the gap in the curtains. The gap that always appeared no matter how carefully I had closed them. With the end of spring, the dawn chorus seemed quieter, and for that I was grateful. I listened until I could hear her faint breaths, and smiled. I had at least one more day with her.
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The alarm surprised me. I tried to remember the last time it had woken me, but couldn’t. I laughed. Last night was the best night’s sleep since… forever. And this was the first time I’d laughed in just as long. I knew today was going to be the best. I changed my plans there and then. Breakfast at Denny’s. Dinner at Gianni’s. I wanted to make the most of it before I ended it all.